Winter Weather Preparedness Week: Travel safety
Winter Weather Preparedness Week is Nov. 17 – 23, 2019
When a snow or ice storm is expected to affect any part of your travel route, here is an important question to ask yourself: Do I really need to make this trip?
If the answer if no, then don’t go. Keep in mind that the weather may be okay in your town but hazardous winter driving conditions could exist only a few miles away.
If you must travel out of town and dangerous winter conditions are expected along any part of your route, make sure your gas tank is full, have a fully charged cell phone and a complete winter emergency kit in your vehicle before departing. Be sure to tell your family or friends where you are going, the roads you will be taking, and your time of arrival.
Do not panic if you become stranded on the road during a winter storm. Call someone on your cell phone and let them know you are stranded. Do not try to walk to safety; stay in your vehicle. Attach a cloth to your car antenna or window to indicate that you need help. Turn on the dome light and flashers to make your vehicle more noticeable.
The Illinois Department of Transportation also reminds you to be on the lookout for snow plows this winter. If the plow is coming toward you, allow plenty of room for it to pass. If you approach a snow plow from the rear, pass with care and only when you can see the road ahead of the plow.